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to the department of defense totalling half a trillion dollars over the next ten years. so will that happen and can our military afford it? joining me is representative smith. thank you so much. >> thank you. >> assume for a moment that nothing changes and these budgets cuts go into effect. what does that look like for our national security and budget? >> it's a big cut. it's a mindless cut. there's no ability to do any sort of strategic planning. i think the defense department can take some reductions. it's part of a budget deal. we can reduce the amount of the money that we're spending but to do it through sequestration, a cut right now, mindless across the board will really hamper our national security. no question. >> you talk about the ability to make some cuts and leon panetta has suggested that being a toletoll tolerable cut. >> we have big weapon systems that have gone over budget, lasted longer. but also we had troops deployed. we are out of iraq. there are savings to be found in our ground forces and a have a right of weapon systems. >> you have to look at these things on a microlevel jus
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